7 December 2021
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Victorian Caravan Industry celebrates excellence and achievements at the return of its annual Hall of Fame and Business Awards Gala

On Friday 3rd December, Australia’s Caravan Industry Victoria hosted its most prestigious night in the caravan trade industry’s annual calendar, the Victorian Caravan Industry Hall of Fame & Business Awards Gala Event. The theme for the evening was Strictly Caravanning.

With over 370 members, Hall of Fame inductees, Life Members and guests in attendance, it was an intimate night held at The Centre Ivanhoe, an event signifying the industry coming back together after some challenging times. Attendees were treated to a spectacular evening with ballroom dancers performing a floor show, fine food and drinks and of course a band to dance the night away.

The evening celebrated members and their staff, who have professionally and personally contributed significantly to the growth, success and professionalism of the Victorian Caravan Industry along with excellence, innovation and achievement in the past year.

“This event would not operate to the highest standard we have set without our amazing partners, we are very grateful for their support and thank each one of them” Rob Lucas, CEO, Caravan Industry Victoria.

Caravan Industry Victoria recognised two pioneers and legends of the Caravan Industry, inducting them into the Victorian Caravan Industry Victoria Hall of Fame. These inductees made significant achievements within their own businesses and contributed greatly to the Victorian caravan industry over a long time:
• Ray Foley
• Wayne O’Brien

The Caravan Industry Victoria Media Award was renamed the Caravan Industry Victoria Col Parrot Media Award, in honour of his service to and impact on the caravan industry in media over his lifetime.

The award this year was presented to David Mann, who has always supported members and the Association in countless ways promoting and providing media services to our members and the industry.

Col Parrot when this was announced said “I’m not often speechless it’s an honour to have this award named after me”.

The Charlie Tebb Service to Industry award recognises the achievements of leaders within our Association and industry. Nat Schiavello from NCE and President of Caravan Industry Victoria was the recipient this prestigious award for 2021. Nat said “I set a goal, and with the support of my team who said they have my back, I was able to step up to become
President of the Association, and from there work hard to make our industry better, and I am here because of my team.”

The Employee and Business award categories recognise members for their outstanding business and personal performance throughout the past 12 months.

Caravan Industry Victoria would like to acknowledge and congratulate all nominees and finalists for their achievements. However, there can only be one winner for each category, congratulations to the winners below:

•George Pantazopoulos Young Achiever Award – Michael Valentino- Crusader Caravans
•Charlie Tebb Service to Industry Award – Nat Schiavello- NCE
•Col Parrot Media Award- David Mann- Mann Productions
•Excellence in Caravan & RV Manufacturing – Crusader Caravans
•Excellence in Dealer / Retailer – Award RV Superstore
•Excellence in Service & Repairer – Our Van RV
•Employee of the Year- Service & Repair- Vernon Bruce- Purple Line
•Employee of the Year- Retail- Judith Allison- Carac
•Manager of the Year- Bobi Petrusevski

“The awards evening demonstrated again the outstanding calibre of the our members businesses
and their people, the way in which they pulled together in such challenging circumstances in the
past 18 months is a testament to how they worked together as a team” said CEO Rob Lucas
Caravan Industry Victoria acknowledges and thanks our event partners:

• Major Event Partner
•Integrated OE (formally MPC Mags and Tyres)
•Category Partners
•AL-KO International Pty Ltd
•G & S Chassis
•Matthews Steer
•Hume City Council
• Partners
•Caravan Industry Association of Australia
•Commerce Press
•Parable Productions
•What’s Up Downunder